B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Environmental

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry emphasis provides students with tools to: (1) understand the processes governing chemical transformation in soil, water and air; (2) analyze for the key chemicals in the environment; and, (3) make meaningful predictions about the fates of these chemicals. This emphasis draws on subjects outside of a classical chemistry degree to include courses in atmospheric science, soil microbiology, environmental toxicology and mineralogy.

Graduates will be able to successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in graduate programs in areas such as atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, toxicology and environmental chemistry and in a range of scientific careers including regulatory agencies, environmental consulting firms and industries concerned with the environmental impact and fate of their products.


Preparatory Subject Matter: 45-51 Units

  • Chemistry:
    • CHE 2A-2B-2C or 4A-4B-4C
  • Mathematics:
    • MAT 16A-16B-16C or 17A-17B-17C or 21A-21B-21C
  • Physics:
    • PHY 7A-7B-7C or 9A-9B-9C
  • Biological Sciences:
    • BIS 2A
  • Statistics:
    • STA 13 or STA 13Y
    • STA 32 
    • STA 100


Depth Subject Matter: 50-65 Units

  • Environmental Water Chemistry:
    • CHE 100
  • Analytical Chemistry:
    • CHE 105, 115
  • Inorganic Chemistry:
    • CHE 124A
  • Physical Chemistry:
    • CHE 107A-107B or 110A-110B-110C
  • Organic Chemistry:
    • CHE 118A-118B-118C or 128A-128B-128C and 129A-129B
  • Environmental Science & Policy:
    • ESP 110
  • Environmental Toxicology:
    • ETX 101
  • Additionally, choose three courses from three different departments from the following options:
    • ATM 160
    • ASM 120
    • ESP 151
    • Choose up to one: ETX 102A, 102B, 120, 131, 135, 146, 180
    • Choose up to one: FPS 161, 161L
    • Choose up to one: GEL 146, GEL 148, GEL/ESP 150A, HYD 134
    • Choose up to one: SSC 102, 111

At least THREE additional upper division units in Chemistry. CHE 199 or 194H strongly encouraged; may include units earned from CHE 197T.

Total Units for the Major: 95-116 Units